Fishers fear the loss of livelihood on DENR’s order vs fishing structures in Manila Bay

In a statement, the fishers’ group said the regulation is “unjust and anti-fisherfolk” as it would take away the livelihood of around 15, 000 fisherfolks and coastal residents in the affected towns who directly depend on Manila Bay by culturing mussels and oysters. Most of them are employed in aquaculture farms who are engaged in managing, maintaining, and harvesting of cultured shellfish in fish pen structures.

PAMALAKAYA also chided the DENR for reproaching the bamboo poles washed into the shores over the recent monsoon rains, to justify the dismantling order.

“Why make a fuss on the bamboo poles washed along the shore when in the first place, these are not pollutants that can cause damage to the marine ecosystem unlike plastic and other solid wastes? It’s a common sense that disposed bamboos will naturally submerge in water and eventually decompose,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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DENR urged to reject seabed quarry for reclamation in Manila Bay

“Dredging-related stressors such as movement of solid particles, habitat loss, discharging of toxic contaminants, and noise pollution inflict damage to marine biodiversity. It can cause trauma and even death to fish species that thrive in the bottom of the sea. Consequently, it has a huge impact to the livelihood of small fishers who would endure decrease of fish catch,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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Declare Parlade “persona non grata” in Cavite; fishers’ group to Gov. Remulla

Manila, Philippines – The Spokesperson for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade should be declared as a “persona non grata” or an unwelcome person in the province of Cavite, according to the provincial chapter of the national fishers’ group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA).

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